Frequently Asked Questions


What does Code Compliance do?

Code Compliance is responsible for the investigation and enforcement of code violations in efforts to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of Wasco County citizens, conserve and protect property values, and to preserve and enhance community livability. This is done through education and enforcement of County codes. The Code Compliance Department's primary goal is to achieve voluntary compliance with State and local regulations, without the need for enforcement action or assessment of penalties. In cases where voluntary compliance is not reached, enforcement action may be taken which can include, but is not limited to, civil penalties, liens, or County abatement as a last resort.

What issues do we address?

Code Compliance addresses land use and nuisance violations pursuant to the Wasco County Code Compliance and Nuisance Abatement Ordinance (WCCCNAO), the Wasco County Land Use and Development Ordinance (WC LUDO), and the National Scenic Area Land Use and Development Ordinance (NSA LUDO). Click here for the Code Compliance Ordinance.

What is a Code violation?

The things, practices, conditions, or uses contrary to the provisions of County ordinances are violations.

What are the most common violation types?

Code Compliance addresses both land use and nuisance violations. The most common violation types are:

  • Unpermitted buildings or structures
  • Illegal uses (occupied RVs)
  • Unpermitted development (grading/excavating)
  • Junk/garbage accumulations
  • Nuisance vehicle storage
How do I report a violation?

Click here to get more information on filing a complaint. You may file a complaint via email, in-person, or by mail.

Can I remain anonymous if I report a violation?

Code Compliance does not accept anonymous complaints. Wasco County may hold your personal information confidential while the enforcement file is active unless disclosure is required by law. Requiring ownership of complaints prevents retaliatory or harassing complaints.

What happens after I submit a complaint?

Complaints are validated through review of evidence, records research (including permit history), and a field visit. Once a complaint is validated, the property owner or person responsible is contacted to work out a plan towards compliance. For more information regarding the Code Compliance process, click here.

What do I do if I received a Compliance Notice?

Contact the Code Compliance Department as soon as possible. Contact can be made in person at our office, located at 2705 E 2nd Street, The Dalles, by phone at 541-506-2564, or by email.

Why am I responsible for violations that existed when I bought the property?

Violations run with the property, not the previous owner.

What are the rules regarding using RVs on my own property?

For more information, click here for our RV and Dwelling Handout.